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National Poultry Improvement Plan

NPIP certification and testing

The Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory (MPTL) in Willmar, MN performs all the testing required for Minnesota's National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MN BAH) officials at the MPTL serve as the Official State Agency for administration of the NPIP in our state.

Staff and veterinarians at MPTL are happy to answer your questions related to NPIP certification and testing.

Writing a biosecurity plan

The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) provides standards to help reduce disease spread in poultry. In response to previous outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), these standards include 14 basic biosecurity principles.

Commercial producers are responsible for developing and following biosecurity plans that include each of the 14 practices. A biosecurity plan needs to be audited every other year in order for farms of certain production quantities to remain eligible for payment as a result of HPAI-related bird losses. These biosecurity principles are also recommended best practices for farms who don’t meet the annual production requirements for audit.   

The NPIP Biosecurity Audit Training walks you through the NPIP Biosecurity Guidelines and Audit process in Minnesota. We developed the content using official NPIP Biosecurity Principle documents and guidance from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Our training aims to help you create a practical biosecurity plan for your operation as well as prepare you for the audit process. It also provides resources such as templates, NPIP documents and additional educational resources.

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